09 February 2009

Don't Miss This Issues, Etc.

Here's a note from Rev. Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc., on an upcoming Open Mics episode. Trust me, folks, you do not want to miss this installment of Open Mics! It will discuss how LCMS, Inc. wants to take legal action against the good folks at Issues, Etc. for their use of a trademark that the LCMS let lapse many years ago. In other words, it would appear that the folks at Issues, Etc. have every right to use the trademark - "Issues, Etc." - but the folks who canceled the radio program back in March 2008 now want to take legal action against the resurrected and independent program.

Hmm. Does anyone else think of 1 Corinthians 6:1-8?

Anyway, here's the note from Pr. Wilken:


Later today you will be able to find the latest, WEB EXTRA: Open Mics - "The Issues, Etc. Trademark Dispute and LCMS Legal Threat."

It will be posted at iTunes, just search for Issues, Etc. and subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already.

It will be at our website, under on-demand, a little later.



  1. Why not change the name to Kishka, Etc.?

    Kishka is guts, full of real meat comprised of blood and grain.

    And, it sounds like "Kieschnick, Etc." which should keep the LCMS, Inc. suits and legal beagles busy.

  2. I like your idea Father H. I was thinking they should change the name to "Kieschnick Has Issues, Etc.", but only if he can win "Issues" back in court first.

  3. I wonder what plans the Board of Directors has for the name, if any.
    Maybe to share the gospel under that banner...?
    Or maybe they just want to hide it under a bushel. No!
    What we're seeing here is our own TARP II plan: Terrorize a Radio Program, Part Deux.

  4. If I understood things correctly, Tod and Jeff were forced to give up any severance or benefits that might have been due them, in order to preserve their freedom of speech.

    Can they be forced to take that "package"...and
    would they get it now? :(

    What on earth did GK think would happen to Issues Etc.? Did he expect them to subside into silence like so many individual confessional Pastors have had to do?

  5. Fascinating. Now look who's threatening to sue! Isn't this the same bunch of synodocrats that were all outraged over a lawsuit a couple of years ago?

  6. Silly and petty on its face, yet, but extremely devious and downright evil in its method and its likely plan.
    I imagine, as much as anything, they hope to break the bank of Wilken and Schwarz, since they haven't yet broken the spirit.
    But this bank also has 'customers' throughout Lutherandom. Many of us do what we can to support the new Issues, Etc., and wouldn't consider re-routing those dimes and dollars back to Synod or any of KFUO's programming, were the BOD to succeed in bankrupting and thus silencing Issues, Etc.
    They're just shooting themselves in their apparently very tender, tiny, timid feet.

  7. Does anybody else feel like these events are our own little "reformation" happening right now?

    How did it all come to this?

    Kevin in Indiana

  8. We have a pope
    in all but title.